Home Ministry contemplating fielding NSG commandos in Jammu and Kashmir

decision for their deployment in counter-terror operations was taken by the Home Ministry recently and they will be put to use soon after their acclimatisation programme is over, the officials said

In a sign of times to come, the elite National Security Guards is most likely to be deployed in the Jammu and Kashmir for the counter-insurgency operations.

The NSG, popularly known as ‘Black Cats’, and its possible deployment comes at a time when the state is now under the Governor’s rule.

The decision for their deployment in counter-terror operations was taken by the Home Ministry recently and they will be put to use soon after their acclimatisation programme is over, the officials said.

The teams will be kept at the disposal of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which is the nodal agency for all anti-militancy operations, it was informed.

It is said that the black cats could more likely be deployed in situations where room-to-room intervention is required.

The move to deploy NSG commandos in Kashmir comes in the wake of increasing incidents of encounters where security forces have lost many soldiers during high-risk house intervention operations in densely populated localities.

The NSG commandos, when allowed, will get opportunities to test their skills and it will be a force-multiplier for anti-militancy forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.

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